Friday 06 Dec 2019

Speed Limit Enforcement Campaign Underway

The statewide ‘Speed A Little. Lose A Lot.’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding is underway, which not only means water-cooler and dinner table discussions about the simple truths about speeding, but increased law enforcement and driver checkpoints.

“More blue lights, less yellow tape, that’s at the core of our mission,” said Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which aims to eliminate preventable deaths on North Carolina roads.

“We hope that during this week, through a combination of enforcement, education and empowerment we can all help reach the goal of the Governor’s NC Vision Zero initiative: a coordinated effort to change traffic safety culture and bring North Carolina’s traffic deaths to zero,” Ezzell said.

NC GHSP held a kick-off event at Fort Bragg on Friday, April 12, in front of nearly 200 military and civilians. Fort Bragg is not only the largest military base in the country, but sits in a county that has fifth highest rate of speeding in North Carolina.

The message was simple: ‘Speed A Little. Lose A Lot.’

Ezzell told the crowd: “We’re rushing to work, school, to eat, to play. We’re rushing to get there first, and ultimately, we’re rushing to die. The rush is claiming too many lives on North Carolina roadways.”

Speed is the number one factor in preventable deaths and the statistics don’t lie.

Fast Facts:

  • Speed-related fatalities ranked by county in 2018:
    • Mecklenburg: 38
    • Wake: 16
    • Harnett (tied): 15
    • Cumberland (tied): 15
    • Forsyth: 11
  • Overall speed-related fatalities, 2014-2018:
    • 2014: 349
    • 2015: 322
    • 2016: 370
    • 2017: 336
    • 2018: 313
  • Total reportable speed-related crashes, 2014-2018:
    • 2014: 19,699
    • 2015: 20,348
    • 2016: 18,982
    • 2017: 17,495
    • 2018: 21,339

Governor’s Highway Safety Program Assistant Director Cheryl Leonard helped kicked off the annual anti-speeding event. “We really need drivers to slow down, they put their lives at risk and the lives of others when they go even a little beyond the posted speed limits,” Leonard said.

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging.

“Losing a lot doesn’t just mean life or death, people can lose their freedom, employment, respect, money and more,” Leonard added. “It’s just not worth it.”

Read here to brush up on guidelines for drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists safely arrive at their destinations.


  1. Ken says:

    Sounds like they’re wanting more money and making an excuse to get it. I don’t try to speed but I actually try to get to where I’m going. How about ticketing these people going slow, making farm equipment and school buses pull over because of the line of traffic behind them, ticketing these people cruising in the passing lane on a 4 lane highway. It’s always about the money. Everything is.

  2. Jesus says:

    Especially in pikeville. 1 deputy for every three residents.


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